Our speaker line up brings a wide range of expertise in technology, investment and business in Africa.
More speakers to be announced
President - African Business Angels Network (ABAN)
Tomi is a seasoned investor, business advisor and president of the African Business Angel Network, a pan African organisation founded to support the development of early stage investor networks across the continent and to get many more (early stage) investors excited about the opportunities in Africa.
Founder - Tech London Advocates
Russ is the Founder of Tech London Advocates, a global advocacy group of 4,000 senior leaders in London Tech. He was appointed a London Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London in 2014. He is an angel and venture capital investor with Ariadne Capital and sits on several boards. Previously, Russ held senior management positions including at Skype, Telefonica/O2 & ntl (now Virgin Media)
Founder & CEO of Movement Capital
Eric is the Founder & CEO of Movement Capital (aka Homestrings), an investment platform that caters to Frontier and Emerging Market investors including the global Diaspora.
Prior to Movement, Eric was Founder and Chairman of GRAVITAS Capital, an institutional asset management company he founded in 1996. And before that was a portfolio manager and technical adviser at the World Bank.
Head of Innovation - Department for International Development (DFID)
Tamara is the Head of Innovation at DFID where her goal is to bring tech innovation into the day-to-day leadership and delivery of UK aid. She comes from 20 years experience working in the private sector in design, strategy and innovation consulting and as a founder and director of a number impact ventures. She has worked with corporations such as P&G, Orange, Nokia and Telefónica, and start-ups such as Trillion Fund, OZOlab and most recently Product Health, to unlock new market opportunity, new product development and new business models.
Senior Partner - Global Innovation Fund
Raymond is a Senior Partner on the Investment Team at the Global Innovation Fund. He manages a team of Investment Directors and Associates and develops and structures both risk capital investments and grants to support innovative organizations striving to create measurable large scale impact in the developing world. Previously, Raymond was a Principal on the Innovation Investment team at the Skoll Foundation where he invested in African, Asian and Latin American developing countries and built a portfolio of grants, equity investments, loans and guarantees that have an estimated value of $41.6 million.
Direct Equity Investments - Mitsui & Co
Yvonne is an investment professional with over 4 years of emerging market investment experience, focusing on Africa. She has worked with innovative early stage and large corporations within the technology, energy, digital education and healthcare sectors globally including in the UK, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Founder & CEO– BitPesa
Elizabeth is the CEO and Founder of BitPesa, a pan-African digital FX and payment platform. She founded BitPesa in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2013 and has since grown the business across six African countries.Before founding BitPesa, Elizabeth was a Rating Analyst in sub-Saharan Africa and worked as a consultant for Grameen Foundation, Gates Foundation and the Acumen Fund leading financial services investments across the region.
Alpesh H. Patel
Founder - Mi-Fone & Peshmode
Alpesh is an award winning Global Entrepreneur and has been featured in more than 50 media outlets including CNN, CNBC, BBC, Forbes,GQ and Huffington Post
He is the Founder of “Mi Fone” the first African Mobile Device brand and “OJU” the first Afro Emoticon character and now runs Peshmode Ltd a UK based Advisory and Business Consultancy. He has been dubbed as one of the first Tech Innovators to come out of emerging markets and has worked with industry giants such as Visa, Vodafone, Western Union and Uber
Consulting Fellow at Chatham House
Adebusuyi (Ade) Adeyemi is currently a Senior Project Lead within the NHS in Britain, working on a major project to improve healthcare in the London area. He is also a Consulting Fellow at Chatham House where he is developing programmes that support Ministry of Health stakeholders across West Africa via policy innovations
Director - TechStars
Jess worked on setting up the Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in London, New York, Tel Aviv, and Cape Town - with the Cape Town program focused on fintech innovation across emerging markets. In partnership with Barclays Africa, the accelerator has invested in startups from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon, Tanzania, South Africa, United States & United Kingdom.
Senior Manager, Mobile Money Services - GSMA
Francesco supports mobile money operators to analyse market opportunities, launch and scale new and existing ecosystem initiatives. He also works with operators to push forward industry knowledge on new business models and adjacent revenue streams for mobile money. Prior to joining the GSMA, Francesco worked for Finalta, a McKinsey & Company Solution, where he consulted banks in both European and emerging markets.
Head of Trade and Investment - Ghana High Commission, UK
Kofi has considerable experience in international trade, public sector policy and management for a period of almost twenty years. His core expertise includes Trade Analysis, Trade Promotion, Business Development, Investment Appraisal and Investment Promotion.
As Minister Counsellor and Head of Trade and Investment Section of the Ghana High Commission, UK, his primary responsibility is to advise the government on matters relating to Trade and Investment promotion and to aggressively promote and protect Ghana’s commercial interest in United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
CEO - SPRING Accelerator
Ramona is the CEO of SPRING Accelerator, supporting businesses in East Africa and South Asia whose products and services could transform the lives of adolescent girls.
She has over 20 years experience in her career and is a long-time angel and social investor, committed to innovation, gender equity and access to finance. Previously she led the global business between Unilever and Nielsen Innovation, where she also led Nielsen Europe’s CSR strategy and activities.
Senior Vice President - Teneo Intelligence
Manji is an experienced risk analyst and expert on the political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), focused primarily on West African markets. Prior to Teneo, she worked at several SSA-focused consulting firms, advising corporate and financial services businesses on how to manage political and policy risks associated with their investments in SSA.
She has also advised several African governments helping to raise the profile of investment opportunities in their countries.
Managing Director -Asoko Insight
Rob Withagen is the Managing Director of Asoko Insight, an information services company focused on delivering the best corporate data and analytics platform in Africa. Rob has a background in emerging market analysis and consultancy with a focus on West Africa. Prior to Asoko, he worked with Oxford Business Group where he led research teams in Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Senegal and Algeria. He also consulted corporates and investors on trade and investment in the region.
Senior Consultant (Africa) - Control Risks
Imad is a Senior Consultant leading bespoke political, regulatory and security risk analysis projects for Control Risks in sub-Saharan Africa. He works closely with country analysts, business intelligence consultants and risk management experts to deliver consultancy engagements on the continent. Imad has lived and travelled extensively in the region, conducting research, consulting and business development trips across Africa. He is also a regular commentator on TV, radio and print media on political and security dynamics on the continent. He tweets at @ImadMesdoua
Business Development Manager for Africa - BIMA
Danielle is responsible for defining and executing BIMA’s expansion strategy across Africa. Her expertise lies in understanding the trends and consumers that will Digital Financial Services across the continent. Before joining BIMA, Danielle built and managed the largest UK government-funded private sector reform project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
CEO - TalentBase
Chika is the CEO of TalentBase Nigeria, a Silicon Valley backed HR software for African businesses. She recently graduated from 500 Startups, and is one of the leading African women in SaaS. Before joining TalentBase, she worked at several international organizations including The Whitaker Group, World Bank, and Exxon Mobil.
She has been featured on Human Capital Magazine, Vanguard and Business Day; for her work in human capital and on Afripop and Human IPO; for her work in the digital media space.
Executive Chairman - Eneza Education
Stephen is the Executive Chair at Eneza Education, which was voted Africa's most innovative company in 2015 by Fast Company. The service is delivered by SMS, android and web to over one million learners in Kenya, and expanding to Ghana and Tanzania.
Stephen also consults on emerging market strategy in Education for UNESCO, British Council; and on mature markets with the European Commission and the D2L learning platform. Having headed up the education business of the Open University and BBC, and written the UK Government’s policy framework on MOOCS (2014)
Co-founder & Director - Bidhaa Sasa
Rocio is the co-Founder and Director of Bidhaa Sasa ("Products Now" in Swahili), a Kenya-based start-up which distributes and finances goods to rural households providing services to otherwise under-served communities.
She is a specialist in green businesses with 15 years’ experience in finance, business, and climate change policy. She is also an Angel investor in a variety of green and social start-ups (forestry in Peru, biomass in Sri Lanka, clean energy in Africa, hydro in the UK)
Founder - OBSIDIAN
Olusegun is the Founding CEO and Managing Director of OBSIDIAN, a leading boutique investment-banking firm committed to supporting private-sector led growth on the continent by providing onshore institutional clients access to the best global investment
Previously, he was Executive Director, Africa at UBS AG London and has
over 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
CEO FinTech Circle Innovate
Nicole is a multiple times CEO, a FinTech entrepreneur and advisor. Over the last 10 years she has worked across multiple segments within the Financial Technology markets – payments, wholesale banking, transaction services, forex, wealth management as well as traditional retail and supply chain management.
Voted Innovator of the Year, 2017 by the South African Chamber of Commerce, Top 100 Women in FinTech 2016 by Innovate Finance and included in the Power Women of FinTech 2015.
She is founding member of FINTECH Circle Angel Network, the largest network of independent investors in FinTech in Europe.
Mobile Money Programme Manager - GSMA
Anant Nautiyal is a Manager for the Mobile Money Programme at GSMA. In this role, Anant manages engagements in markets with mobile operators to foster collaborative ecosystem initiatives (such as merchant payments, PAYG service provider payments, interoperability and more). Prior to joining GSMA, Anant worked at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, and in philanthropic and consulting roles in the ‘mobile for development’ space
CEO & Co-Founder - HotelOga
Marek is a polish-born serial entrepreneur and experienced fast growth executive.
Being an enthusiast of Africa, after successfully co-founding and selling 2 online companies in Poland, Marek moved in 2013 to Nigeria to become a part of the continent’s online revolution. He co-founded HotelOga.com – Hospitality Technology Company, and Jovago.com – Africa's Biggest Hotel Booking Portal, with backing from Rocket Internet and Goldman Sachs. Chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine.
Payments & Fintech Associate - Addleshaw Goddard
Rebecca is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial division and a member of Addleshaw Goddard’s specialist Payments
Team. She advises on all aspects of commercial contracts with particular expertise in Payments, Financial Services and
Technology matters. Her work includes advising major UK and global banks on their partnerships with leading technology providers relating to their
participation in digital wallet and mobile payments platforms.
General Manager - Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)
Neku is the General Manager for MEST, a not for profit that invests in and trains African Entrepreneurs, with an aim to create Africa's next Tech entrepreneurs and provide jobs for the continent.
Previously, Neku worked as a Technical Advisor to the Ministry of (FCT) where she developed the FCT’s revolutionary File Tracking System. She is passionate about empowering African entrepreneurs through tech, and was a member of the founding team for Africa’s pioneer Impact Investment Tracking Platform.
She was recently named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 and a nominee for CNBC's Young African Entrepreneur of the year.
Associate Director - KPMG
Andrew is an Associate Director at KPMG where he leads the Corporate Intelligence team’s Africa practice. He conducts non-financial due diligence and provides market intelligence for global investors looking to acquire stakes in African tech companies and other sectors.